1. VIRGINIA WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
It’s not a perfect team, and there will be times when the machine breaks down, but this is what the program has been building towards under Bronco Mendenhall. This is the season when Virginia football can at least get a little of the spotlight away from the basketball side.
The starting 22 will be good enough to win the Coastal. There’s more than enough experience returning to be consistently strong, if not more explosive. But the rest of the ACC is going to be solid, too, with a few key improvements potentially being a problem. So while this should be a fantastic season …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
The Cavaliers lost to Indiana last season. Now replace a trip to Bloomington with a trip to South Bend to play Notre Dame.
Fortunately, though, everything else in the schedule isn’t all that bad – especially considering there’s no Clemson to face from the Atlantic, and no NC State – the Cavs lost to the Wolfpack last season.
Going to Louisville and North Carolina in back-to-back weeks will be sneaky-dangerous, but the trip to Chapel Hill on November 2nd is the last time the team leaves Virginia. The Virginia Tech game is at home, and so is the date with Georgia Tech.
Going to Miami might turn out to be the key to the season, but at least there’s a week off to prepare, while the Canes will be playing five days after dealing with Virginia Tech.
There are too many tough dates to assume a big season, but Virginia should overcome a few losses to bust out realistic expectations of going into the Virginia Tech showdown in the regular season finale with a shot at going to the ACC Championship.